This is it. We’ve finally reached the top and final section of the Oberg Hierarchy of Needs. For those that are new, the Oberg Hierarchy of Needs illustrates the top things we hear from industry contacts about what they are looking for in an employer. Like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, it starts at the bottom, … Continue reading Volume 62: Advancement
"Our management does nothing but scream and yell. They aren’t looking to solve problems; they’re looking to assign blame.” “The morale in this place feels like a prison. Coming to work every day is a beating.” “I think the leadership here knows what they’re doing, but they don’t even listen to our ideas. I’m on … Continue reading Volume 61: Be Better, Leadership
A pretty common problem that I hear about from the industry is that corporate offices have one very strong set of principles and culture that they want pushed out, but it doesn’t make it to the facility level. There are obviously tons of reasons this might be the case: Facility leadership that isn’t aligned with … Continue reading Volume 60: Clear Expectations
If I had a dime for every time I heard an HR person or Plant Manager tell me that Safety was their number one priority, I could probably stop coming into work. It’s on bulletin boards everywhere, and it’s the biggest thing that these facilities advertise: Safety is #1! And then I go on a … Continue reading Volume 58: Safe Environments People Get to Go Home From
After spending the last 6 weeks reminiscing about the way things used to be in the corrugated industry, and acknowledging that they are no longer like that, it’s probably time to settle down in the present. Before my talk at TAPPI in October, I sent a newsletter that broke down Oberg’s Hierarchy of Needs, essentially … Continue reading Volume 57: Compensation
My father worked for Levi Strauss for 27 years. The immense pride he took in his employment was robust and consistent. He was proud of the company’s leadership, its workforce, its products, and what it stood for in the marketplace. His Regional office in Dallas had an incredibly stable management team and staff: I spent … Continue reading Volume 56: Back in My Day!
After each newsletter, I really enjoy reading through the responses we get from members of the industry, and the last newsletter we sent out about starting the New Year with reasonable goals was no different. But this time I got a different kind of response than I’m used, and it made me stop and think … Continue reading Volume 55: Changes in the Industry